University of California, Riverside

School of Medicine

Christopher G. Fichtner

Dr. Christopher G. Fichtner

Health Sciences Clinical Professor - Psychiatry

Dr. Christopher G. Fichtner

Medical Office

Riverside University Health System - Medical Center
26520 Cactus Ave.
Moreno Valley, Calif. 92556
(951) 486-4000

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School of Medicine
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, Calif. 92521
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Education and Training

  • Residency, Psychiatry, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • M.D., University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
  • M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Psychology, Columbia University, New York, New York
  • B.S., Psychobiology, University of California, Riverside


Dr. Christopher G. Fichtner, M.D., C.P.E., F.A.C.P.E., F.A.P.A., is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UC Riverside School of Medicine. He is also a staff psychiatrist with the Riverside University Health System - Behavioral Health.

He has served as a clinical professor of psychiatry for the school since 2013 and coordinator of the psychiatry grand rounds program since 2014. He has practiced in Riverside since 2008.

He previously worked as a clinical professor of psychiatry at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, as an associate professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, as an assistant professor, instructor and lecturer at the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, and as an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School (now Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science).

Fichtner graduated with honors from UC Riverside, then earned an M.A. in psychology from Columbia University. He then received a master's in divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary before attending the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine to earn his M.D. He also has a certificate in Medical management from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, through which he also holds specialty certification in administrative psychiatry. He is a fellow of the American College of Physician Executives (now the American Association for Physician Leadership), and a past president of the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators. Fichtner formerly served as mental health director for the State of Illinois.

Research Interests

Fichtner's interests include community psychiatry and medical administration; real-world practice, naturalistic outcomes, and medical effectiveness; systems of care and group dynamics; pharmacoeconomics and health economics; drug policy, PTSD, ADHD, psychopharmacology, and cannabinoid medicine.

Selected Awards

  • UCR School of Medicine, Psychiatry Education Service Award, 2016.
  • Modeling Recovery Award, Riverside County Department of Mental Health, 2010.
  • Public Service Award, UC Riverside Alumni Association, 2001.
  • Hazel Mrazek Resident Paper Competition Award, First Place, Illinois Psychiatric Society, 1991.

Selected Publications

  • Fichtner, C.G.: Cannabinomics: The Marijuana Policy Tipping Point. Northbrook, Illinois: Well Mind Books, 2010.
Book Chapters
  • Lipgar, R. M., Bair, J. P., Fichtner, C. G. Integrating Research with Group Relations Conferences: Challenges, Insights and Implications. In Cytrynbaum, S., Noumair, D., Editors: Group Dynamics, Organizational Irrationality, and Social Complexity: Group Relations Reader 3, pp. 417-442. Jupiter, Florida: A. K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems, 2004.
  • Fichtner, C. G., Poddig, B. E., and deVito, R. A. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Pathophysiological Aspects and Pharmacological Approaches to Treatment. In Palmer, K. J., Editor: Pharmacotherapy of Anxiety Disorders, pp. 61-92.   Auckland: Adis Books, 2000.
  • Fichtner, C.G., Moss, H.B.  Medical Marijuana and Mental Health: Cannabis Use in Psychiatric Practice. Psychiatric Times 34(5):18-21, 2017.
  • Lapointe, A.R., Crayton, J.W., de Vito, R., Fichtner, C.G., Konopka, L.M. Similar or Disparate Brain Patterns? The Intra-Personal EEG Variability of Three Women with Multiple Personality Disorder. Clinical EEG and Neuroscience 37:235-242, 2006.
  • Sierles, F.S., Daghestani, A., Weiner, C.L., de Vito, R.A., Fichtner, C.G., Garfield, D.A.S. Psychometric Properties of ABPN-Style Oral Examinations Administered Jointly by Two Psychiatry Residency Programs. Academic Psychiatry, 25:214-222, 2001.
  • Fichtner, C. G., Hardy, D., Patel, M., Stout, C. E., Simpatico, T. A., Dove, H., Cook, L. P., Grossman, L. S., Giffort, D. W. A Self-Assessment Program for Multidisciplinary Mental Health Teams. Psychiatric Services, 52:1352-1357, 2001.
  • Luchins, D. J., Klass, D., Hanrahan, P., Patrick, G., Malan, R., Fichtner, C. G. Computerized Analysis of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Practices in a State Hospital System. P & T: Pharmacy and Therapeutics, 26:478-485, 2001.
  • Garfield, D. A. S., Fichtner, C. G., Leveroni, C., Mahableshwarkar, A. Open Trial of Nefazodone for Combat Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 14:453-460, 2001.
  • Malan, R. D., Luchins D. J., Fichtner, C. G., Hanrahan, P, Klass D. Discontinuity of Outpatient Antipsychotic Pharmacotherapy: Risperidone Maintenance After Hospitalization. Journal of Pharmacy Technology, 17:90-94, 2001.
  • Lipgar, R. M., Bair, J. P., Fichtner, C. G. Integrating Research with Conference Learning: Ten Years of Q-Methodology Studies Exploring Experiential Learning in the Tavistock Tradition. Operant Subjectivity, 24:1-24, 2000.
  • Luchins, D. J., Klass, D., Hanrahan, P., Qayyum, M., Malan, R., Davis, V., Fichtner, C. G. Computerized Monitoring of Valproate and Physician Responsiveness to Laboratory Studies as a Quality Indicator. Psychiatric Services, 51:1179-1181, 2000.
  • Fichtner, C. G., Stout, C., Dove, H., Lardon, C. S. Psychiatric Leadership and the Clinical Team: Simulated In Vivo Treatment Planning Performance as Teamwork Proxy and Learning Laboratory. Administration and Policy in Mental Health, 27:313-337, 2000.
  • Wood, R., Grossman, L. S., Fichtner, C. G. Psychological Assessment, Treatment and Outcome with Sexual Offenders. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 18:23-41, 2000.

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